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For general questions about the usage and effects of different chemicals. For example chemicals used for wood treatment, etc. For questions about pesticides and herbicides use the [pesticide] or [herbicide] tags.

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Is foliar feeding net beneficial, over fertilising the soil directly?

As usual, one can find contradictory claims, either for or against foliar feeding. Since I'm sure there's plenty more studies out there, is there a general consensus on whether foliar feeding is (net) ...
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Can I use aquarium TapSafe on my potted spider plants?

I have some potted spider plants in my office. They've all got the classic "burnt tips". If I treat their water with aquarium TapSafe, will this help re: fluoride and other nasties? Or is ...
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Paint dumped into our garden, how bad is it?

We recently had some work done on our house and it included painting a room. After the contractors left we discovered, through our security cams, that they had been using our backyard to clean their ...
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Can foliar feeding immobile nutrients benefit new growth

In many articles that I read about correcting nutrient deficiencies, I noticed that very often foliar feeding is suggested as an option, even for immobile nutrients deficiencies. How does that help ...
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Difference between different forms of Potassium Sulfate

What would be the differences between potassium sulfate in its granular form versus the water soluble almost-powder form. As it's the same chemical formula, I'm mostly interested in the release time, ...
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best chemical to kill off grass but leave the trees alive

I have a patch of my garden with some rain trees interspersed with grass (I think its st Augustine) my question is: which chemical can I use to kill off the grass but leave the trees intact? location ...
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How do I naturally or organically add iron supplements for my plants

From another question it looks like my avocado plants are deficient in iron. I'd like to explore and try natural/organic ways of supplementing iron. (I know organic is carbon and carbon compounds) So ...
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How to revive a low nitrogen and rocky soiled lawn?

The situation is explained below in terms of my lawn with the question at the end I recently moved into a new home two years ago and by the looks of the lawn it was low in nitrogen. A little more ...
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does fruit tree absorb pesticide and fungicide from the root level and will persist inside the fruit it produce? (specifically lime and date trees)

The specific situation is where there are two trees -- one lime and another date tree plant among the grass in the backyard where the grass area will get sprayed with conventional pesticide and ...
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How to sanitize used paint buckets before gardening?

A neighbour told me not to use empty plastic buckets that earlier contained paint (for painting the house) for gardening because the chemicals still stuck to the sides would leach into the soil and be ...
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What type of poison bait can I leave for the common UK wasp?

I've heard that you can leave poison bait for wasps, which can kill a nest when wasps return with the bait for young to feed on. However I am struggling to find such products in the UK. I've also ...
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I am confused about miracle grow

I have use Miracle Grow for years. I am hearing nowadays that Miracle Grow might be is harmful. I plant in ground. I have a garden 60 feet by 90 feet. I have grown lovely tomatoes and other items. ...
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What are the long term effects of adding iron oxide pigments to soil?

Iron oxide (Pigment Black 11) is a intense black non toxic and very cheap pigment. I think I have read somewhere that soil from shops is sometimes pigmented with iron oxide because it sells better. ...
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How can I enhance the flavour of peppermint plants?

I love using pieces of my peppermint plants in juices and creams and so forth, to give that cooling sensation and typical mint flavour. I started growing my own peppermints in a medium pot with mulch (...
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What are my options for plant choices near a pressure treated retaining wall at base of backyard fence?

My backyard has a fence built on a retaining wall of pressure treated wood which was built some 15 yrs ago to address height/level difference between my yard and backyard neighbor's yard. When I ...
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Should we use glyphosate (or other non-ecological chemicals) in our gardens?

European Union wanders if its going to allow glyphosate to be used inside its frontiers... from the Guardian: If no new arrangement is found then the licence for glyphosate, a core ingredient in ...
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How to verify that my organic landscaper isn't using synthetic fertilizers?

A lot of companies offer "organic" programs for lawn and landscape care. I have listened to a lot of cynics say that all of them sneak prohibited chemicals onto the landscape to deliver results (...
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Is there a directory of precise dosages of fertilizers for indoor/outdoor plants?

For example, I have a lot of plants inside (African violet, geranium, coleus, etc.) and outside (dolichos, petunia, pansy, asters, etc.) my home. Also, I have a lot of chemicals (such as ammonium ...
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Can I add commercial roses to my compost pile?

I'd like to add commercial roses to my compost pile, but don't know if I can. I'm not sure what kind of chemicals store bought roses are usually treated with. Bonus question: Can I dump the water in ...
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Is there an enzyme/compound I can use to quickly rot fallen fruit?

I have two crabapple trees that drop crabapples down every year. They get awfully gooey and sticky and make walking through my yard barefoot a terrible ordeal. Is there some sort of enzyme or chemical ...
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Are my tomato plants damaged by a chemical or a disease?

Most of my tomato plants have started showing signs of what I think is Cucumber Mosaic Virus. I have shoestring, fernleaf, and curling leaves. They also have a leathery appearance. At first I thought ...
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How to eradicate Berberis growing in a Thuja hedge?

I have some Berberis shrubs growing inside a hedge of Thujas. They are very difficult to access. Is there any efficient chemical method of eradicating just those Berberis shrubs?
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Is Imidan and/or Captan on fruit trees resilient to rain?

I have fruit trees that I spray with Imidan and Captan. I try to do this during dry spells, but often the weather will change or my only opportunity to spray is right before rain is expected. Will ...
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Is it safe to use bleach around the yard?

I would like to prepare an old deck for staining. Scrubbing with a bleach solution seems a popular technique. Will the bleach solution harm nearby plants? What about if I use soap instead?
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